Today I played the Random Tea Encounter game my wife gave me, and I rolled doubles, so I picked a card. “Choose a tea with a terrible pun in the name or description (Yo ho ho-conut!), drink it, and wish you were drinking Red Rose the whole time.” My in-laws are notorious for their bad puns, and that’s how my mother in law drinks looseleaf tea, wishing it was Red Rose the whole time.

So I chose this one! And in an effort to use up the soy milk in the fridge and get myself in the habit of using it (I’m a milk drinker from way back with a complete inability to digest the stuff), I made a latte! It is incredibly tasty, I steeped the leaves in the water and then again in the milk, which I then frothed because, let’s face it, I was bored out of my mind.

I don’t think this will become my usual method of making this tea, as it is kind of time-intensive and makes it a touch too rich for my tastes, but it is delicious for a now and again treat. It tastes like something I just want to curl up with and sip the day away. I should have tried this in the winter, but on the first real spring day Toronto has seen this year, it’s a bit much. Bring on the iced teas!

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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